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Dell To Acquire Wyse 95

New submitter alancronin writes "Computer and IT giant Dell said today it will acquire privately held Wyse Technology, a company that specializes in what it calls 'cloud client computing.'"
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Dell To Acquire Wyse

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  • Oh god (Score:3, Informative)

    by Dyinobal ( 1427207 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @10:24AM (#39559795)
    When I was in highschool my school used Wyse Terminals which was the most bad and ironic name I've ever seen. I hated those things..every one hated those things. They broke all the time and had to constantly be reflashed with a new image. They were so awful that by my Senior year they were being phased out entirely.
  • by PixetaledPikachu ( 1007305 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @10:27AM (#39559841) it what it is: Thin Client. Wyse offers pretty good range of thin clients, from Windows embedded to Linux with built in ICA client. We ended up going with HP, since Wyse's equivalent was pricier
  • Um...patents? (Score:5, Informative)

    by robla ( 4860 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @10:57AM (#39560293) Homepage Journal

    From TFA: "The company has more than 180 patents, both issued and pending, covering its solutions, software and differentiated intellectual property."

  • by tlhIngan ( 30335 ) <slashdot&worf,net> on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @12:04PM (#39561175)

    Maybe Dell can finally offer an affordable thinclient. I am a big fan of their FX100, but it is priced out of range. By the time you license it and plug it in, it costs as much as a small form factor desktop. Not exactly the value customers are looking at with thin clients.

    The point was I think that the savings would come from not having to replace it ever unless it broke - so it would last 10+ years or three or four generations of desktops. The other savings was on the IT side - less management (these things boot up, there's nothing to break, nothing the user can download and infect it, etc) and just having to upgrade the server when necessary.

    Of course, most businesses got sticker shock since they had to make huge IT investments, which they were loathe to do - big powerful servers/blades had to be bought, and terminals that cost the same as a desktop. From an initial investment, it didn't make sense since few businesses plan for such timespans...

  • Re:Tactical facepalm (Score:4, Informative)

    by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @01:07PM (#39561907)
    Thin clients are not for the end user they are for the administrators and the people who spend the money.
    You will almost always be better off if you have a full speed desktop at your beck and call vs. a Thin Client... However those clients can stay current much longer and at the cost of a beefy server so Admins don't have to do desktop fixes and you don't need to upgrade every system every 3 years.

You know you've been spending too much time on the computer when your friend misdates a check, and you suggest adding a "++" to fix it.